Turning

Subject:
Re: Turning blanks for boxes
Response To:
Turning blanks for boxes ()

Hugh
Ron,
Drying wood.......there is an "art" to it.
Learn how wood dries in you area and keep at it.
I am at the point where I seal the whole piece with Anchor Seal.
Boxes - if you rough out the box in a shape of a box you want to make....to the point of hollowing out the inside...but only a little.....the blank dries faster. I cut the top part off and then hollow the bottom part and mark both parts so I can use the same block for the entire box. I have been know to tie them together with a piece of string to keep them together as they dry.

When I put them back on the lathe to re-turn them....I do not take them to finish thickness.....but make them round again and remove some of the wood and let them equalize a bit for maybe a week before I stick them back on the lathe for a third time and finish them. Every time you remove some of the wood.....the stresses in the blank move things.
Did that make any sense?
Hugh

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